New­ton High School to per­form An­nie

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The New­ton High School Drama Club is putting on a per­for­mance of the 1977 clas­sic An­nie.

One thing that will stand out to an avid fol­lower of New­ton High School pro­duc­tions is the fact that An­nie deals with much more re­al­is­tic themes than their pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions. In 2013, they put on the Wiz. In the fol­low­ing school year, they pro­duced The In­san­ity of Mary Ger­ard, a play about the pro­gres­sive in­san­ity of a woman who was forced into an in­sane asy­lum by her hus­band, and Grease. This school year they suc­ceeded in putting on one of their hard­est shows, Rent. How­ever, An­nie Stands out.

As Tahli Viner, the ac­tor play­ing Daddy War­bucks, said, “It’s eas­ily the most his­tor­i­cally cor­rect play that we've done, and the most re­al­is­tic.”

Jes­sica, the ac­tress play­ing Molly gave this added to that state­ment.

“All the cos­tumes are specif­i­cally set in the great de­pres­sion era,” Jes­sica said, “from the dresses to the pants to the shoes. Even the fab­rics for the beds have to be paid at­ten­tion to.”

There were cer­tainly strug­gles that arose from An­nie that didn't come from the rest of the plays that this group of ac­tors has put on.

“One of the hard­est things about shows from a spe­cific pe­riod is that you have to be care­ful about your speech,” the ac­tress in the role of An­nie, Taji said. “You have to talk with the right ac­cent from the right time, and you can’t use any slang or any­thing like that from cur­rent times.” Cameron, the ac­tor play­ing Daniel “Rooster” Han­ni­gan, added that, “It’s strictly 30’s.”

How­ever, there were even more things about this mu­si­cal to be happy about. One of the main happy themes buzzing around the set and the ac­tors has been the mu­sic.

“The Eas­i­est things were the songs.” said Tahli, while Jes­sica added, say­ing, “The Melodies were so easy and the har­monies are just so nice.”

Jes­sica said she also liked be­ing able to chan­nel her in­ner child, rem­i­nisc­ing back to a time where high school home­work and pre­par­ing for col­lege weren't al­ways loom­ing.

An­nie will be shown for three days; Thurs­day, March 31, Fri­day, April 1 and Satur­day, April 2 at the New­ton High School au­di­to­rium.

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